Archives for April, 2012

Profiling and Sam Harris

I didn’t write about the attacks in Oslo last year because…what is there to say. The bombing and shootings are tragic, the Norwegian people have shown an admirable resilience in the face of terrorism, and wingnuts who initially tried to pin the attack on Muslims have egg on their faces. I was especially struck recently…

Avengers and literary truth

Not to dredge up old fights, but a topic we discussed on the blog back in 2009 has cropped up in a couple of recent essays. The issue is whether there is a form of truth that literature can convey, perhaps even a level of literary truth which cannot be conveyed through other means. The…

A couple weeks ago, the second creationist bill of the “academic freedom” generation became law. You’d think Casey Luskin, who seems to be the ringleader of the clowns pushing these bills, would be thrilled. But all he can seem to do is find reasons to be upset. First he was angry that Tennessee Governor Bill…

Evolution and religion, yet again

[Attention Conservation Notice: About 3,500 words on the factual, scientific, and philosophical problems of a paper which was surely not intended to be taken seriously as science or philosophy. Nick Matzke comes at it from a different angle at The Panda's Thumb, and more briefly.] Evolutionary geneticist Jerry Coyne has an article coming out in…

Todd Wood is a professor at Bryan College, in Dayton, TN. Dayton, you’ll recall, was the home of the Scopes trial, and Bryan College was named after Scopes’s prosecutor, William Jennings Bryan, and was founded in part to carry on Bryan’s anti-evolution crusade. Wood himself is a prominent young earth creationist, a leader in the…

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee allowed HB 368 to become law; it is the second of this new generation of creationist laws, along with a similar bill in Louisiana. Haslam refused to sign the bill, stating that it brought confusion, not clarity. He also noted that the bill had overwhelming legislative support (passing…